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2014 Mazda Mazda5 Review

The 2014 Mazda5’s sharp handling and roomy first- and second-row seats place it near the top of our rankings. Outstanding fuel economy estimates further add to its appeal.  

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Comfortable first- and second-row seats
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Cramped third row
  • Small cargo area
  • Underpowered engine




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 6.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 3.0 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.

2014 Mazda Mazda5 Overview

Is the 2014 Mazda5 a Good Used Minivan?

If you are looking for minivan that is fun to drive but still practical, the 2014 Mazda5 is a fantastic choice. Precise steering and nimble handling contribute to its sporty ride quality. Beyond performance, the Mazda5 is comfortable and spacious in the first two rows. It manages to do all of these things at an affordable price. When it was new, it won our 2014 Best Minivan for the Money. Still, several competitors have more third-row passenger space, extra cargo room, and higher safety scores.

Used 2014 Mazda5 Performance and Interior

The Mazda5 has an energetic four-cylinder engine, which is not normally found in a minivan. Its performance is highlighted by great steering that allows it to easily turn in tight parking lots as well as on twisty, narrow roads. Still, acceleration is not the greatest up steep hills or when the van is fully loaded with passengers or cargo, and bumps are not absorbed as well as in rivals like the Honda Odyssey. Still, the Mazda5’s sporty suspension allows quick and sharp maneuvers. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, though some used models come with a six-speed manual. Regardless of the transmission, the Mazda5 gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class.

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The Mazda5 has plenty of space in its first and second rows, but its third row can only comfortably fit kids. It doesn’t offer as many features as some minivans, such as the Toyota Sienna, but audio and climate controls are well laid out. While some competitors seat up to eight, the smaller Mazda5 only seats six. Its cargo capacity is limited in comparison to other minivans, but several handy storage compartments are found around the cabin. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row, and each third-row seat features an upper tether.

All models come with cloth seats, automatic climate control, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Some models come with a moonroof, satellite radio, Bluetooth, heated seats, and leather seats.

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Used 2014 Mazda5 Prices

The 2014 Mazda5 ranges from about $11,950 for the base trim to roughly $14,780 for the Grand Touring trim. Exact prices vary based on condition, mileage, and demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

We examined 26 Mazda5 reviews alongside safety ratings, mileage estimates, and more to assist you in finding the right use minivan.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mazda5?

The 2014 Mazda5 did not receive a reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Mazda5?

The 2014 Mazda5 has low safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the lowest rating of Poor in its small overlap front crash test, the second-lowest rating of Marginal in its side crash test, and an Acceptable rating in the head restraints and seats crash test. It did, however, earn the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and roof strength crash tests. This Mazda also lacks many common safety features (like a rearview camera), but some models come with rear parking sensors and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda5?

The 2014 Mazda5 is a part of a generation that started in 2012 and includes the 2015 model year. No major changes were made to the 2014 Mazda5, so you may want to consider shopping for a 2012 or 2013 model to save money. The 2015 model year got rid of the manual transmission.

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Which Used Mazda5 Is Right for Me?

The used 2014 Mazda5 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. If you want to keep up with rivals’ features, your best option is the Grand Touring trim. Since this Mazda is one of the least expensive minivans available, even the highest trim level will not break the bank. You’ll get many amenities that aren’t standard in competitors – like a moonroof, leather seats, heated seats, and rear parking sensors – and have one of the best performing minivans in the class.

This Mazda did not receive a reliability rating, so you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for peace of mind. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mazda5 and Other Minivans to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda5 or 2014 Honda Odyssey?

The 2014 Honda Odyssey has excellent safety scores and handles similarly to the Mazda5. There is more passenger space and cargo room by a substantial margin, and its standard features list is much longer than the Mazda’s – including amenities like a rearview camera. Where the Honda falters is in its price; the Mazda5 costs about $6,500 less. If you want a few extra features and more interior space, choose the Odyssey. Otherwise, the Mazda is the better value.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda5 or 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan?

Between these two minivans, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has more horsepower from its base engine and extra passenger and cargo room. Still, the Mazda5 is the better vehicle. It delivers a better ride and has lower ownership costs than the Grand Caravan. The Dodge also suffers from an abrasive ride and one of the lowest reliability ratings in the class. Both vans have a scant amount of features, but some Grand Caravan models have safety features like a rearview camera (not available in the Mazda5).

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda5 or 2014 Toyota Sienna?

The 2014 Toyota Sienna is a good minivan all-around. It has a desirable amount of features, spacious seats, and a powerful engine. The only thing the Mazda has over this Toyota is price; it costs almost $6,000 more than the Mazda. Nonetheless, the Sienna is the better option – and one you’ll be happier with over the long run.

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